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Boxer Daniel MacKinnon
was conscious and talking to
his friends and family last
night, less than 24 hours after
undergoing surgery to relieve
bleeding on his brain.
e 30-year-old veteran pro
had been left fighting for his
life after losing a brutal light
heavyweight contest with
Robert e Butcher Berridge
on the undercard of David
Tu a s fi ght against Alexander
Ustinov in Hamilton.
MacKinnon was moved out
of Waikato Hospital s intensive
care unit last night. His wife
and close family members spent
Saturday night at his hospital
MacKinnon was stopped by
Berridge in the 10th round of
the fight in which both boxers
were knocked down.
MacKinnon ended the fight
on his feet when it was stopped
by the referee and was able to
conduct a post-fight interview
in the ring.
About 15 minutes after the fight
he complained of head pains as
he was preparing to take a shower.
He was then rushed to hospital
where he underwent emergency
His manager Karl Reinsfield said
last night he was able to speak to
the boxer on the phone and he
was in good spirits.
"It was the best phone calls I
think I have ever had --- he is one
tough individual. On behalf of
Dan and his family I would like
to send our thanks to the Waikato
Hospital surgeons and staff for
their outstanding care during what
was an incredibly difficult time,"
Monday, November 18, 2013 - 9
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David Tua ducks a punch from Alexander Ustinov during their bout at Claudelands Arena, in Hamilton on Saturday
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Robbie Berridge lands a punch to the face of Daniel MacKinnon in their
undercard bout at Claudelands Arena on Saturday.
In the end Goliath was just too big
for David --- and David Tua ended his
heavyweight boxing career in retirement
With the words: "It s time for me to
do something else, I think", Tua is gone
from the ranks of the heavyweights
and retired as New Zealand s leading
Alexander Ustinov might be 2.03m
and 132kg and not the fastest boxer
ever seen in the ring --- but for Tua, it
was like fighting a tree with a 2m jab.
Ranked 8th, 12th and 15th in the
world respectively in three of boxing s
four world bodies, Ustinov looked a
formidable opponent as the two faced
each other in the ring, the height and
weight advantage crystal clear; Ustinov s
waistband came up to Tua s chest.
He won a comfortable victory in
the end, a unanimous points decision,
in spite of a barnstorming Tua finish
in the 12th round. By that time, Tua
needed a knockout to win and was
taking a punch from the big Belarusian
to give one.
ere was once another Ustinov
--- actor, writer and raconteur Peter
Ustinov who said: "I imagine hell
like this: Italian punctuality, German
humour and English wine." David Tua
might add another element to that ---
the 2m jab of Alexander Ustinov, the
enormous 2.03m, 132kg heavyweight.
For those who watched the Tua fight
with world heavyweight champion
Lennox Lewis in 2000, the fight seemed
disturbingly similar --- Tua unable to
breach the forbidding ramparts of the
much bigger man, falling victim to a
points lead and unable to connect with
the fight-finishing punch.
It may be that, at 40, the Tua power
has diminished. Or maybe he lost so
much weight that it affected his power.
Either way, the bombs never quite
dropped --- and when they did, Ustinov
A win would have meant Tua had a
future at the top level --- and the way
he has prepared for this fight and the
way he turned out for the bout was
is was no soft comeback. Ustinov
is an awkward fighter for anyone and is
the sort of boxer Tua has had problems
with the past. His height makes him
hard to tag on the chin and he is well
used to shorter boxers banging away
at the body; he has a well-developed
guard. He is also a champion kickboxer
and a decorated war hero in Russia s ill-
fated Chechen campaign.
He is a better mover than might
be expected for such a big man; no
Michael Jackson, perhaps, but his ring
movement is good and hand speed is
enough to make that massive 2m jab
and straight right difficult to slip and
ere was no secret about his tactics
in this fight. Bear down on Tua, using
his height and extended reach. e jab
was ever-present, sometimes pawing
but mostly faster than expected --- and
he hit and retreated, mostly circling
away from the trademark Tua left.
In the first two rounds, probably won
by Ustinov, the big man scored more
with jabs while a patient Tua partially
landed a looping left hook in the first
and continued trying to find his range
in the second.
Tua did better in the third, upping
the ante with a right to the body and
one left-right combination that had
the crowd on their feet and Ustinov
e fourth and fifth round re-
established the early pattern --- the big
Belarusian jabbing and double-jabbing
to score points; sometimes a double
jab, sometimes the straight right. e
punches were not hurting Tua, though
they brought respect, his face marked by
the heavy hands; Tua continued looking
for an opening without landing much.
Ustinov was building up a big points
lead and Tua s face was showing evidence
of the impact of the Belarusian s jab and
one right hand in the fifth round. At
round six, the halfway mark, Ustinov
probably had five rounds.Tua was busier
in the seventh and eighth, hunting his
man and moving forward --- but was
still facing a points deficit.
In the ninth, things began to change.
Tua landed two lefts to the head --- not
the bone-crunchers of the past and,
though Ustinov s head snapped back a
little, he seemed to wear them well. e
10th saw Ustinov beginning to miss
more and Tua finding his range better
--- but it was still Ustinov s fight to lose.
Tua stormed at him in the 12th,
landing two good lefts --- but it was not
enough. Tua had been absent from the
ring for two years and has not knocked
anyone out for four. However, his last
four fights were missing two things
--- Lee Parore as his trainer and Duco
Events as his promoters and de facto
In his slow decline from his 2009
comeback and triumphant return
over Shane Cameron, Tua split from
long-time promoter Cedric Kushner,
managing himself and doing his own
promotional work directly with Sky TV.
As is so often the case when boxers try
to mix self-management and promotion
with staying in the ring, it did not work.
Tua suffered a reverse when he drew
with recent nemesis Monte Barrett in
their first fight in the United States,
suffering the first knockdown in his
career. He then turned up under-
prepared and overweight for the return
bout --- which he lost even though
he cracked Barrett s jaw and had him
down right at the end of the fight.
e contrast between that period
of Tua s boxing life and his fight with
Ustinov last night was stark. Tua looked
even slimmer than when he took on
Cameron --- even exciting comment
that he might have lost too much
weight and affected his power.
Whatever the truth of that, the sad
fact is that the career of David Tua as a
heavyweight boxer is now over.
In other bouts, Bubba Tuigamala, son
of Inga, beat Wellington s Clint Foai by
a TKO in round two, Australia s Lauryn
Eagle won a unanimous points decision
over Tauranga s Nicki Bigwood,
Hamilton s light middleweight Cairo
George won a unanimous decision over
game Aucklander Ricky Campbell, Sam
Rapira stopped Isaia Maku in the first
round of their light-heavyweight bout
and interesting 20-year-old light-heavy
Nikolas Charalampous wore down Rico
Chong Nee with a concentrated assault.
New Zealand has finished in ninth
place at the 26th Nomura (Asia-Pacific
Amateur Golf Team) Cup in ailand.
e Kiwis, who began the final round
in ninth place yesterday combined for a
one-under par team total of 215 in the
final round to finish 34 shots behind
Australia who managed a fine come-
from-behind win over Korea.
Australia, with Cameron Davis (66),
Geoff Drakeford (67) and Taylor
MacDonald (68), combined for an
incredible 15-under par final round total
to defend its title by nine shots with
hosts ailand a further five shots back
in third place.
Meanwhile, Manawatu No 1 Joshua
Munn fired a four-under par 32 on the
back nine to finish with a two-under
par 70 to be tied fifth on the individual
standings only three shots back from
the joint winners Geoff Drakeford and
Taylor MacDonald (both Australia) and
Kim Nam-Hun (Korea).
Vaughan McCall continued his
consistent scoring when he carded and
even-par 72. He was one of a few players
to not shoot over par for the tournament
and his three-under par total saw him
finish in a share of 18th place.
Waikato golfer Luke Toomey regained
his confidence and ball striking ability
on his way to signing for a comfortable
one-over par 73 while Cameron Jones
was disappointed with his non-counting
four-over par 76.
e last and only time New Zealand
held aloft the Nomura Cup was in
1995 when the Russley Golf Club in
Christchurch hosted the event.
e Men s Asia-Pacific Teams
Championship, or more commonly
known as the Nomura Cup, is a biennial
tournament designed to develop golf
within the Asia Pacific region. It was
first held in the Philippines in 1963.
Conducted by the Asia-Pacific Golf
Confederation, each team consists of
four male players, contesting 18 holes of
stroke play for four days. In each round,
the total of the scores from each team
constitutes the team score for the round.
e four-day (72-hole) total is the
team s score for the championship. e
winning team receives the Nomura Cup,
which was named after Shun Nomura,
the former Vice-President of the Japan
Golf Association who donated the Cup.
e Kiwi boys will return home to
their provinces to prepare for the Toro
Men s Interprovincial which will be
staged at the North Shore Golf Club
from December 3-7.
Meanwhile, in Argentina, Blair
Riordan and Kadin Neho have recorded
solid weeks at the 42nd Juan Carlos
Riordan, from the Takaka Golf Club,
carded rounds of 75, 77 and 73 in the
wet and windy conditions at the Los
Lagartos Country Club to finish tied
Neho, who earlier this year became the
first Northland golfer to win the New
Zealand Amateur Championship, shot
rounds of 80, 75 and 71 to finish one
shot back in a share of 26th.
Riordan and Neho will remain
in Argentina this week to compete
in the 118th Argentine Amateur
Championship which will be staged
at the Martindale Country Club from
No New Zealand golfer has ever won
the Argentine Amateur with Joshua
Munn coming the closest in 2012 when
he finished runner-up. --- APNZ
Beaten Tua moves on
Todd Magner and Marsden Magic in the Pony Grand Prix in action at the Christchurch A and P show
Greymouth Pony Club member
Todd Magner from Hokitika and
his pony Marsden Magic had a
successful equestrian week at the
Christchurch A and P show, last
week. ey won the Margaret
Millear Cup and Shahzar Sash
for best rider in the Canterbury
Cup (pony hunter). ey also
came third in the Pony Grand
Prix Show Jumping (1.30m),
fourth in the Pony 6 Bar,
jumping up to 1.45m, first in the
1.10m TAM5 show jumping and
third in the 1.15m TAM5 show
jumping. Former West Coaster
Tegan Fitzsimon won the Horse
Grand Prix on Dual Diamond.
Success for Magner in Chch
Emergency surgery for
All Blacks flanker
Liam Messam nearly
fainted when he led the
haka against England at
With nearly 80,000
England fans wallowing
Swing Low, Sweet
Chariot in unison, the
All Blacks Kapa O Panga
haka was drowned out
like never before and
Messam admits that he
very nearly paid the price.
happened is that I lost
breath and I was about to
faint because I was trying
to out drown the fans and
I just had to regroup and
re-gather myself before I
fell over and embarrassed
myself," Messam told
Cricketer Doug Bracewell was
dropped from his Central Districts
Stags team for their HRV Cup
match on Saturday after he stayed
out to party with the Otago Volts
cricketers on Friday night.
"Dougie is really gutted about
it," Central Districts Cricket chief
executive Hugh Henderson said
yesterday after the Black Caps
allrounder was dropped to 12th
man from the CD Stags team for
the HRV Cup Twenty20 match
against the Northern Districts
Knights in Hamilton on Saturday
"We won t use the word curfew
but we do adhere to standards,"
Henderson said of the 23-year-
old who drank with the Otago
cricketers following their three-
wicket win over ND at Seddon
Bracewell has a cousin, Michael
Bracewell, who plays for the Volts.
Henderson said staying up until
after midnight before a match was
not going to be tolerated.
Just before leaving Hamilton
yesterday, new CD coach Heinrich
Malan said they had discussed
the matter and taken appropriate
action against the Taradale Cricket
Bracewell would be available for
selection for Friday night s televised
game against the Wellington
Firebirds at the Basin Reserve.
"At the end of the day we
have protocols in place. We are
professionals and the Stags come
first," Malan said, adding Bracewell
wasn t "100%" for Saturday s 31-run
loss to ND.
"Doug s disappointed he s let
the management, himself and his
He wanted all his players to be "on
the same page" of a new regime that
instils a culture of professionalism.
"It s important to the team ...
for him to make better decisions
and take the chances to become
successful at a higher level," he
said, adding that Bracewell was
a "distinguished, quality and
intelligent" cricketer who made a
e Delhi Daredevils IPL
cricketer fell out of coach Mike
Hesson s Black Caps equation in
March after he cut his foot on a
broken beer bottle while cleaning
up following a party at his Napier
New Zealand Cricket reminded
him of his obligations as a
contracted international player,
prompting Bracewell to apologise
on national tv to fans as well as to
his neighbours for the ruckus.
He has not had a recall to the
national team since then.
He toured with the New Zealand
A team to the subcontinent in
September, but he said he was not
happy with his performance despite
scoring a century and was keen to
knuckle down to prove his mettle in
the domestic competition.
While on tour, Bracewell told the
Indian Express he had a disciplined
upbringing although he had "gone
off track during his brief time in
school, where he got mixed in bad
company and was a rabble rouser".
In March 2012, Bracewell and
Jesse Ryder were axed from the
Black Caps for breaking team
protocol to drink before the final
one-dayer against South Africa in
Auckland. --- Hawke s Bay Today
If the All Whites needed any extra
motivation for Wednesday s second leg
of their intercontinental play-off against
Mexico at Westpac Stadium then they
might want to put this quote up in their
changing room that came from former
Mexican striker Hugo Sanchez.
"We beat a team that is no more than
a group of buddies who were rejected
because they couldn t play rugby in New
Zealand well and they had no choice
but to switch to soccer," Sanchez told
Mexican newspaper El Universal.
Sanchez, who enjoyed a lengthy
professional playing career, including
a seven-year stint with Spanish giants
Real Madrid, was critical of the Mexican
side for over-celebrating during their
5-1 win in the first leg at the Estadio
Azteca last ursday.
e result from the first leg has put
the All Whites under immense pressure
heading in to the return fixture on
Wednesday and New Zealand are now
in search of an unlikely 4-0 win to
claim a spot at next year s World Cup
e Mexican football side have been
under their own share of pressure
during the past few months after a
lacklustre Concacaf qualifying effort
saw them forced in to this playoff rather
than earning direct entry to Brazil.
ey have overhauled their coaching
set-up a number of times this year,
while new coach Miguel Herrera has
gone with a Mexican-based side for the
team s fixtures against the All Whites
rather than selecting well-known
overseas players such as Manchester
United s Javier Hernandez.
Sanchez s comments will likely fire the
All Whites up and it should be noted
that defender Ben Sigmund spent a
season playing club rugby for Sumner s
second division side in the mid-2000s,
while midfielder Chris James also
played rugby as a schoolboy in Lower
Hutt. --- APNZ
Red Bull s quadruple world
champion Sebastian Vettel won
the US Grand Prix today and
became the first driver to take
eight consecutive victories in a
single Formula One season.
Starting from pole, the
26-year-old German was again
in a class of his own, taking the
chequered flag 6.2 seconds clear
of Frenchman Romain Grosjean
in a Lotus.
Vettel s Australian team-mate
Mark Webber finished third.
e champion, who clinched his
fourth straight title in India last
month, is now one step away from
equalling compatriot Michael
Schumacher s 2004 record of 13
wins in a season after collecting
his 12th of the year.
Next weekend s Brazilian Grand
Prix is the last race of the season.
"I m speechless," Vettel told
his team over the radio after his
first victory at the Circuit of the
Americas after missing out last
"We have to remember these
days. ere is no guarantee they
will last forever," he added, his
victory coming a day after Red
Bull team principal Christian
Horner celebrated his 40th
Britain s Lewis Hamilton,
last year s winner for McLaren,
finished fourth for Mercedes with
Ferrari s Fernando Alonso fifth
and Nico Hulkenberg sixth in a
Finnish rookie Valtteri Bottas
took his first points of the season
with eighth place for struggling
Williams behind McLaren s
Mexican Sergio Perez.
Bracewell stood down
NZ finishes ninth in ailand
Messam nearly fainted in haka
Sanchez serves up motivation for All Whites
Vettel takes record
eighth win in a row
PICTURE: Getty Images
Germany s Sebastian Vettel celebrates on the podium after winning
the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit in Austin.
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